Welcome to Maple Class
The staff in Maple Class are:
Mr G. Byrom-Jones
Mrs C. Carter
Mrs J. Suffield
W/C: 14th June
This week we have been continuing with our topic of 'Knights and Castles'. Here is what we have been up to:
This week in English we started off the week by retelling the story of 'King Arthur'. We all had a good understanding of the story, with some of us using the pictures to help us to write our sentences and some of us incorporating adjectives into our work. Later on in the week we chose pictures to plan our own knight story, with examples of pictures including a knight, dragon, troll, princess , treasure and a happily ever after. We also chose different pictures to plan our own stories and they were great when we read our plans back using the pictures. On Thursday we wrote our own stories using the plans and they were great! We all tried really hard to use narrative language with some of us incorporating some fantastic description to describe the characters. Next week we are going to perform them.
Our Maths focus this week has been on fractions. When Mr Byrom-Jones asked us what fractions were we were unsure, however this week we have completed lots of practical activities to support our learning which have included making a fish scene (by cutting circles into different fractions) , cutting different shapes, board games and sharing spots on the ladybirds and toppings on ice cream.
We have continued to learn about Knights and Castles. On Wednesday we produced some fantastic artwork in the style of Paul Klee's 'Castle in the Sun'. We looked at the different 2D shapes Klee had used in his 'Castle in the Sun', before selecting 2D shapes to create our own pictures before colouring them in with wax crayons. Don't they look great.
We have also looked at the features of a castle before labelling it and on Thursday we painted and decorated our own knight swords and helmets , as well as painting our own coat of arms shield which we had designed the previous week. We are now ready for battle...
This week in RE we have been learning about the parable of 'The Good Samaritan'. We watched an animation , produced some drama and played 'The Good Samaritan' board game. From the story we learnt that we should not judge other people when we do not know them and we should be kind to everybody.
This week we have also made some lovely Fathers Day cards and talked about 'How everyone is awesome' by recognising different family structures . We concluded the session by reading a story called 'Part of the Party' and contributing to a primary display by making handprints for a rainbow.
In other areas of the Curriculum:
PE - Yoga with Mr Niven
PSHCE - We have continued to learn about feelings and how our facial expressions and body language can convey feelings and emotions.
Have a lovely weekend
W/C: 7th June
Welcome back after the half term break. This week and next week our new topic is ‘Knights and Castles’. Here is what we have been learning.
We started off the week by writing and sharing our holiday news. It was lovely to hear what everyone had been up to, to visits to the seaside and visits to park. We then used our knowledge from Monday’s topic lesson to write a job advert for a knight. We all tried really hard to think of the qualities a knight may need , with adjectives being ‘brave’, ‘strong ‘ and ‘loyal’. Some of us also used bullet points in our work.
Later in the week we started to read the legendary story of King Arthur before writing character descriptions for Merlin and Arthur, making posters advertising the pulling of the sword , and revisiting the features of newspapers to write a news report about Arthur pulling the sword from the stone and becoming King. We concluded the week by watching Disney’s ‘The Sword in the Stone’.
This week in Maths we have been learning about doubling and multiplication. Some of us started the week by rolling different dice and doubling the numbers on them. Other activities this week have including doubling the eyes on a monster , doubling bingo and doubling the number of smarties on the biscuits. Another group have been solving multiplication problems by using arrays.
This week in topic we have been learning about the Medievael times , with a particular focus on Knights and Castles. We started off the week by learning about the role of the knight , their armour and their coats of arms. We learnt that a coat of arms was used to identify individual knights and we had a go at designing our own (we will make them earlier next week). We have also made our own knight pictures and used tin foil, washers and feathers to make our own armour . Don’t they look good?
In Science we have been learning about what a knight might eat to stay healthy, and the importance of a balanced diet. After learning that we need a large proportion of fruit / vegetables and grains / carbohydrates in our diets we then made a balanced meal from playdoh. Examples of foods included : Fish, rice and vegetables, jacket potatoes with beans and salads and pasta dishes. Next week we will investigate the fat content in foods.
This half term the focus is ‘What can we learn from stories?’. This week we have listened to the parable of the ‘Wise Man and Foolish Men’ and watched a short animation. After listening to the story we thought about why the foolish man was foolish with examples being that he did not listen to advice and rushed his work. We talked about how this could apply to modern day and in the classroom day. To support our learning we made Lego houses and put them on a rock and then on sand, before pouring water on them. Like the parable, the house on the sand broke and washed away.
The focus on PE this half term is Yoga and undertook some Cosmic Yoga activities with Mr Niven. We also enjoyed swimming at Leyland Leisure Centre.
We have been learning about rhythm and pulse with Mrs Carter.
We have been learning about feelings and emotion and participated in an emotion bingo game .
W/C: 24th May
The last week before our half term break . We have welcomed Mrs Suffield to Maple Class. Here is what we have been up too :
This week in English we have concluded our work on non chronological reports by linking it to our science work on the circulatory system . During the report we gave an introduction to the circulatory system and used subheading to explain the different functions . We also remembered to use photographs / pictures to make it more interesting for the readers. Prior to this we role played the circularly system to system to support our learning and had lots of fun ( see below ) .
We have also continued to learn about the story of Moses ( linking to both Topic / RE ) and retold the story as a storyboard . We concluded the week by writing a diary entry from the perspective of Howard Carter . Some of us used colourful semantics to help us with our sentences, whilst some of us tried really hard to use time connectives as well as adjectives and exclamation marks to make our work more interesting .
This week in Maths we have revisited 3D Shapes and their properties . During the course of the week some of us have been investigating which 3D shapes stack, slide and roll as well as undertaking some sorting activities , whilst some of us have have been building 3D Shapes and finding and matching 3D Shapes based on their properties . We have also undertaken some work on position and direction and used coordinates to make an Egyptian map.
Topic / Science
In topic we have concluded our learning on the Ancient Egyptians . At the start of the week we made our own canopic jars and playdoh organs to go inside the jars . We then decorated Egyptian collars in preparation for our Egyptian banquet on Thursday . We enjoyed dressing up and trying foods from the time , including figs , dates , cucumber , bread , cheese and honey !
In Science we looked at the mummified apple piece and compared it to the apple left to decompose . We found out that the left to decompose had become mouldy whereas the mummified apple hadn’t. We have also continued to learn about the circulatory system and role played it using a pump for the heart , play tunnels for veins and arteries, raspberries for red blood cells and purple grapes for the deoxygenated blood / waste .
In other areas of the curriculum :
PE - Completed some circuits with Mrs Stewart.
Music - Performed for Mr Byrom-Jones after bringing our singing and the learning of the glockenspiel together . Mr Byrom-Jones was impressed
RE - We have concluded our work on Judaism and the Ancient Egyptians by learning about the festival of Passover , the Seder tray and the food representations.
ICT/PSD - We made posters about staying safe online .
Next Half Term:
-Knights and Castles
-A Bug’s Life .
Have a lovely half term.
W/C: 17th May
This week in English we concluded the story of ‘ Cinderella of the Nile ‘ by participating in a drama activity and prior to the activity Mr Byrom-Jones , Mrs Carter and Mr Niven were really impressed that we could remember the characters and events .
This week we have also been learning about non chronological reports . After establishing that they were about facts , we then put back together a non chronological report Mr Byrom-Jones made about dogs before analysing and identifying the features of non chronological reports which included headings, photographs , introduction , sub headings and bullet points . Later on in the week we consolidated our knowledge further of non chronological reports by creating our own on an area of personal interest ( ranging from snakes , cars and Emmerdale ) as well as writing a non chronological report on the Ancient Egyptians.
This week we have consolidated our learning on money . This week some of us have been counting in 2s using 2ps before adding pennies to the totals ( up to 5), some of us having been using different coins to total to 20p and some of us have been making amounts to £1 using different amounts as well as beginning to give change . Activities to support learning have included playing shop , magnetic fishing and differentiated money games on the iPads and computers.
In our topic lessons we have continued to learn about the Ancient Egyptians and the mummification process . On Monday we had lots of fun pretending to be mummies ( taking turns to wrap each other up) after listening to a mummification song from ‘Horrible Histories ( they were gruesome !). We them applied our literacy knowledge and wrote / sequenced instructions about the mummification process and remembering to use our bossy verbs .
Later on in the week we made our own Ancient Egyptian tombs after mummifying an action figure , peg doll and decorating a cardboard sarcophagus .
In Science we have mummified an apple ! After looking and using our senses it describe half an apple, we then covered it in a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and salt . Next week we will compare the mummified apple half to the one that was left to decompose !
In other areas of the Curriculum
In RE - we have been learning about the story of Moses and the festival of Passover which links to our work on Judaism and our upcoming work on the sedar plate .
In PSHCE - We have been learning about ‘Stranger Danger’
In Music we ha e been consolidating our learning in preparation for a performance next week .
In PE - We have enjoyed going swimming as well as continuing with cheerleading and team games.
W/C: 10th May
Here is what we have been learning this week:
We started off the week by using stick puppets to retell the traditional story of Cinderella. Mr Byrom-Jones told us that fairy tales such as Cinderella were originally for an older audience and were quite dark and gruesome (In the early versions of Cinderella the ugly sisters cut off their toes and heel to try on the glass slipper before having their eyes pecked out!) . After performing the story, we then retold the story in our own words. Later on in the week we read an Egyptian version of Cinderella (linking to our topic) ‘Cinderella of the Nile’ , and after learning that the character of Rhodopis was stolen by pirates and sold to an Egyptian , we wrote character descriptions and thought about adjectives to describe the character, with adjectives ranging from ‘sad,’ ‘pretty’ and ‘exhausted!’. After listening to the story, we then used a Venn Diagram to compare the traditional version and the Egyptian version.
This week we have been learning about money. During the week some of us have been counting pennies to 10p, some of us have been recognising and adding coins to 20p and some of us have been totalling coins above £1. During the course of the week we have participated in lots of fun and practical activities which have included board games and money games on the iPad. However, our favourites have been finding coins in the sand and totalling them, as well as participating in Maple Café at the end of week, were we had to pay for specific items using the monies we had been working on.
Our topic for the next few weeks is the Ancient Egyptians. We are really interested in this topic and we started off the week by being archaeologists and finding Egyptian artefacts in the sand. Items found in the sand included papyrus (Egyptian paper), a sarcophagus, mummy, death mask and canopic jars. After discussing each one in turn we then used the Ancient Egyptian writing system of hieroglyphics to write our own names on papyrus paper.
Later in the week we learnt about the explorer Howard Carter who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb nearly 100 years ago. We roleplayed Howard Carter’s discovery and found some treasure in the tomb (chocolate coins) as well as the death mask. We then listened to some Ancient Egyptian music and coloured and painted our own death masks (inspired by Tutankhamun’s) ready for display.
In Science we have been learning about the circulatory system. To support our learning we watched an episode of ‘The Magic School Bus’ and learnt about the heart pumping our blood around are body, as well as learning about the arteries and veins. To help us understand this concept we decorated a gingerbread man with icing pens, highlighting the heart, arteries and veins.
We have been continuing to learn about Judaism and this week we have been learning about a mezuzah. A mezuzah is a scroll inside a decorative case and is placed on the door frame in Jewish homes, with Jewish individuals touching or kissing them when passing to show their respect to God. After learning about the mezuzah we then wrote a special prayer (which Mr Byrom-Jones translated to Hebrew) and placed in inside our decorative cases, before placing them around our classroom door.
In other areas of the curriculum
In PSHCE we have been learning about personal safety and safety in the home
ICT we have been learning about online safety and the importance of not sharing personal information and reporting anything we don’t like to a trusted adult.
PE – In PE we have been participating in Just Dance activities, cheerleading and some outdoor fames.
Music – In Music we have continuing to develop our singing skills as well as getting more confident with the glockenspiel. We are getting ready to perform….